90 Minute Workshop

Achieving Mindfulness: Using Meditation and Yoga to Encourage Mindfulness in Clients Experiencing Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Sunday, March 25
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Red Lacquer

Over the past decade, meditation and yoga have become increasingly popular in mental health treatment and in the world at large. While the practices can be helpful, clients will receive the most benefit from work that is trauma informed and delivered with an understanding of how these healing mechanisms impact the mind, brain and body.

This workshop we will explore the potential benefits of integrating yoga and meditation into trauma treatment, as well as best practices for adapting these modalities in a trauma-sensitive manner. We will discuss the relationship between meditation and dissociation, and will teach how to assist clients in “building up meditation muscles” in order to improve affect regulation and ego strength. Potential benefits include increased affect tolerance, greater internal and external insight, improved attunement, and increased empathy for self and others.  These methods of treatment can be used alone or interwoven into any other form of treatment. We will also explore the connection between yoga, somatic psychotherapy and theories of nervous system dysregulation as they apply to cases of complex, developmental trauma, and outline the progression of research and theoretical understanding that supports using these modalities.


 

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Christine C. Forner

Lead Therapsit
Associated Counselling
Calgary, Alberta

Christine Forner (B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., RSW) Began her career early starting as a volunteer at the age of 16 at a crisis line. Getting a diploma in Social Work from Mount Royal Collage, a Bachelor’s degree in Woman’s Studies, a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her Master’s degree in Social work. Christine has worked at The Calgary Sexual Assault Centre, Wheatland Crisis Shelter for survivors of domestic violence and in 1998 Christine started her clinical experience at The Calgary Women’s Health Collective. Since 2011, Christine has worked in her own private practice, which specializes in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Christine has over fifteen years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques and Neurofeedback. Christine teaches locally and at an international level on the issue of dissociation. Christine is the founder of the Creative Meditation technique and Medial Prefrontal Cortex Processing for Trauma and Dissociation. Christine is the treasurer of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and a current board member. As well as being the current Treasurer she is also the Chair of the Student and Emerging Professional Committee and a member of the Conference Committee and for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Christine has spent the last 9 years working on methods of meditation that are effective for persons who have Complex Posttraumatic Disorder and Dissociative Disorders

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Lisa Danylchuk

Founder
Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery, California

Lisa Danylchuk is a licensed psychotherapist and yoga teacher trainer specializing in integrating yoga into trauma treatment. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard University, Lisa is the author of Embodied Healing: Using Yoga to Recover from Trauma and Extreme Stress, and is the founder of the Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery located in Oakland, California. A leader in the movement to incorporate yoga into trauma treatment, she has trained yoga and mental health professionals around the world and presents her work internationally.

In addition to sharing her work online and in specialized trainings, Lisa shares innovative applications of healing at psychology conferences, at universities, and in advanced yoga teacher trainings across the globe. She is a contributing editor for the recent book Best Practices for Yoga for Veterans, published by the Yoga Service Council, and has been named a top 20 Inspirational Yoga Teacher. Her website, www.howwecanheal.com, was recognized as one of the Top 20 Healing Blogs. She also serves on the UN Task Force for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. When she’s not writing or traveling, you’ll likely find her running trails in nearby park. You can find more information about Lisa and her work at www.centerforyogaandtraumarecovery.com.

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